Predictable, Predicted Problems Plaguing Pennsylvania Polling Place Participants

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 2:19 pm

Pennsylvania was the most important state in the war on voting for a reason: they had virtually no other options for voters beyond in-person Election Day polling places (no early voting, no vote by mail or absentee voting without an excuse), and the state was the only plausible swing state where voter ID was passed [...]

Challenges to Conservative Voter Suppression Tactics Largely Successful in 2012

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 10:16 am

With the narrow, potentially confusing but generally beneficial ruling yesterday in the Pennsylvania voter ID case, the trend is confirmed: voting rights activists have successfully fended off a number of voter suppression tactics put forward by Republicans seeking to model the electorate to their benefit in 2012. The result, that Pennsylvanians will not have to [...]

Pennsylvania Voter ID Halted, But in Very Narrow Fashion UPDATED

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 8:05 am

A Pennsylvania Commonwealth court judge has delayed enforcement of the state’s voter ID law for the November election, ruling that the difficulty experienced by voters trying to obtain a valid ID made disenfranchisement too likely. However, despite the injunction, poll workers will still be able to ask for ID from voters, and voters without ID [...]

Stories of Long Lines, Hurdles for Obtaining Voter IDs in Pennsylvania

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 10:14 am

We could see a decision today in a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court case over the state’s voter ID law. The state Supreme Court sent the case back down the Commonwealth court, explicitly asking that court to identify whether eligible voters without proper ID in the state had “liberal access” to a free ID card that would [...]

Pennsylvania Judge Hints at Injunction of Voter ID Law

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 9:45 am

The Commonwealth judge asked to further scrutinize the voter ID law in Pennsylvania to determine whether eligible voters can obtain IDs just dropped a huge hint about his expected ruling in the case. Yesterday, the judge, Robert Simpson, asked both counsels what an injunction of the law should look like. This ought to be seen [...]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Returns Voter ID Case to Lower Court; Must Enjoin Law if It Could Result in Disenfranchisement

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 10:58 am

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has returned the controversial voter ID law back to the Commonwealth Court for review in a move that could put an end to voter ID in the state for the year. The initial reports claimed that the state Supreme Court threw out voter ID, but actually they just remanded it back [...]

New Hampshire Requires ID on Primary Day, Despite Law Not Yet in Effect

By: Friday September 14, 2012 9:35 am

The signs were everywhere. They told New Hampshire residents participating in Tuesday’s primary election to bring ID to the polls. There’s only one problem: voter ID was not required for the primary election in the state of New Hampshire. As Scott Keyes explains, the state did pass a voter ID law this year, over the [...]

Pennsylvania Voter ID Case Heard Before State Supreme Court

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 9:35 am

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law got debated in the state Supreme Court today. Despite the fact that the state admits there have been no recent prosecutions or even investigations of in-person voter fraud, the state passed a restrictive voter ID law that critics say could disenfranchise up to 750,000 eligible voters in a state with few [...]

Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 10:33 am

The latest in a string of rulings limiting the GOP’s war on voting has come down. A federal court has unanimously stopped Texas from instituting a voter ID law. While this would seem contradictory to the Supreme Court’s upholding of voter ID for Indiana in 2009, this case is different because it follows the Justice [...]

South Carolina Voter ID Case Going Poorly for the State

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 10:21 am

Another court case is taking a run at the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5, which gives the Justice Department pre-clearance authority over any voting law changes in states with a history of racial discrimination. We already saw Section 5 upheld when a federal court struck down the Texas redistricting maps because of their discriminatory and [...]

Voting Rights News: Win for Ohio, Pennsylvania Photo IDs Released

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 6:57 am

In voter suppression news, a big ruling in Ohio paves the way for thousands of wrong-precinct provisional ballots to be counted. A federal judge ruled Monday that Ohio must count improperly cast ballots this fall if the mistake is caused by an election worker rather than the voter, a small but potentially significant issue in [...]

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